Law enforcement authorities in India have arrested four people for leaking the unreleased episode of HBO’s (Home Box Office ) popular Games of Thrones (GOT) TV series.
GOT, since season one has been in the news for being one of the most pirated tv shows in the history. But season seven of the series made news for all the wrong reasons including data breach and having the personal phone numbers of its stars being leaked online.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Akbar Khan told AFP (Agence France-Presse) that the department received a complaint from a Mumbai based firm stating that episode number four of Game of Throne’s season seven has been uploaded on the internet without the permission of its copyright holder.
“We investigated the case and had arrested four individuals for unauthorized publication of the fourth episode from season seven.”
Remember, in July hackers claimed to have stolen a massive trove of HBO data including the unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones. The hackers also claimed to leak the episodes online however it turned out that they have only leaked scripts of the episode.
It was on August 4th when out of nowhere a Reddit user uploaded episode four of GOT one day before it was supposed to be aired on HBO. Initially, the uploader claimed they are from Pakistan, but now it has been revealed that the four arrested are Indians and work for the firm which held the details allowing them to access the episodes legally.
All four have been accused of a criminal breach and detained until August 21st for investigations.
While it’s good news for HBO that the network has found the alleged culprits behind the leak of GOT episodes there are still questions about who is leaking other episodes online? Including the yesterday’s leak in which unaired episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Ballers, Barry and The Deuce TV series were uploaded online?